Stiletto Against the Pirates!
This title is wishful thinking on the part of yours truly, but the revolutionary stealth warship has seen some action lately. Via Defence Talk:
The Pentagon’s high-speed, shallow-draft “Stiletto” ship, designed and built by M Ship Co., LLC, completed a successful 6,000 nautical-mile deployment on a drug interdiction and apprehension mission in the waters off Colombia, the Bahamas and the Florida Straits. The deployment was capped off by a dramatic, high-speed chase of a “go-fast” boat in shallow waters near the Florida coast that resulted in the apprehension of three suspected smugglers.
Even though the Stiletto was officially classified as a “demonstrator,” the Department of Defense post-deployment report is expected to confirm that the revolutionary vessel reduced “illicit trafficking sanctuaries,” and proved its value as an “affordable, high-speed, shallow-draft craft,” according to the author of the report, Capt. Jim Hruska, Transformation Strategist, DDR&E/RRTO/Emerging Capabilities Division. The mission went from “concept to deployment in just 6 months,” according to the report.
My idea is sending a fleet of Stilettos with a force of naval infantry onboard against the pirate havens within the Gulf of Aden. Then turn them loose like the French and rid ourself of this scourge that should be little more than a distraction for the mighty US Navy. And while in the neighborhood, perhaps they could pay a little visit to Iran…